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Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections$
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Silvio Cruschina

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759613.001.0001

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Word Order in Sicilian

Word Order in Sicilian

(p.37) Chapter 2 Word Order in Sicilian
Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections

Silvio Cruschina

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 is devoted to a detailed description of Sicilian word order variation. It is argued that word order alternations consistently correspond to overt manifestations of the different information structures of the sentence. The impact and influence on syntax both of the discourse context and of the informational common ground shared by the interlocutors is examined in relation to new and old information, showing that specific syntactic structures are paired with particular pragmatic conditions. Special attention will be paid to the syntactic and pragmatic characteristics of Focus Fronting (FF), including the syntactic categories and the sentence types most commonly associated with FF and a discussion of the relationship between FF and notions such as exhaustivity and contrast.

Keywords:   Sicilian, word order, Syntactic Extraposition, Marginalization, Simple Preposing, Focus Fronting, movement, exhaustivity, contrast

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